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    Gwanda’s Bolamba clinch bronze at Chibuku Neshamwari finals



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    SIMBARASHE MTEMBO

    MUTARE-Bolamba Performance Arts from Matebeleland South clinched bronze at the Chibuku Neshamwari Traditional Dance Festival national finals held in Mutare Show Grounds last week on Saturday three points shy of second placed Makarekare Dance Group from Mash East who garnered 357 points.
     Marimba Dance Group from Mash Central were crowned winners with 395.5 points and walked away with $7000 and an exhibition trip to China later this year while second placed Makarekare received $5000 and surprise package Bolamba got $3000.
    Bolamba performed the Tsutsube a Tswana dance which kept the fans on their fit as they put maximum energy throughout their 10mins slot.
    "We are happy we came this far, we gave it our best; next time we will bring an even bigger act because we are going to train harder," said Bolamba Arts director Melusi.
    "This was our first time to perform at that level and we are very excited about that although we wanted to win the ultimate prize,' said Mthabisi Dube the group's public relations manager soon after landing in Gwanda from Mutare.
    Memory Khayelihle Sishoma and Thembelihle Dlodlo some of the 20 member Bolamba group which started at Kafusi High School as a cultural outfit acknowledged that it was not easy as groups put up solid acts at the event. 
    A total of 10 traditional dance groups who won in their respective provinces participated at the 55th anniversary of the competition and each had 10 minutes to deliver their best performance on stage.
    Masvingo Province was represented by Dzimba Dzemambwe Dance Group from Great Zimbabwe Ruins which came out last with 287 points. The group performed the Majukwa rain making dance.
    Mbada Arts from the Midlands came out on position eight with 313.50 points 
    "This year's edition was special, we are happy with the dance groups that participated. We urge people to learn something from their culture through music and dance," said Edson Kuseka vice president of Zimbabwe National Traditional Dancers Association (ZNTDA).
    The event is hosted by ZNTDA, a registered affiliate of National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NAC) and sponsored by Delta Beverages through their Chibuku brand.
    The competition was marked by thrilling and energetic performances which saw the stage giving in twice between performances.
    To mark its 55th anniversary, Chibuku Neshamwari partnered with Dream Star Zimbabwe which saw contemporary dance groups participating at the event winning themselves a trip to China.

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